The city of Santa Rita do Sapucaí is located in the south of the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. It lies 399 km away from the state capital, Belo Horizonte, and 221 km away from São Paulo, Brazil's largest city. Known as the Valley of Electronics, the municipality has seen its economic profile transform through investment in education since the 1950s. The city has over 40 thousand inhabitants and one of the highest per-capita income rates of Brazil's inland cities, according to data provided by IBGE, Brazil's official bureau of statistics.
Santa Rita do Sapucaí houses Latin America's first technological school of electronics, ETE, as well as Brazil's first Telecommunications Engineering course, created in 1965 at Inatel - National Institute of Telecommunications in the Portuguese acronym. The existence of this educational culture has encouraged the growth of the city's electronic industry, which now has over 150 businesses geared for the technology market, and an Excellence Hub in Electronics and Telecommunications which is widely recognized domestically and abroad for the quality of its products, exported to several countries.
The city attracts visitors not only for being a technology hub, but also for its tourist and natural attractions. Santa Rita do Sapucaí has one of Minas Gerais' most famed Carnaval celebrations; it is a meeting point for paragliders, hosting nationwide and international competitions; and it lures religious visitors to the local Sanctuary of Saint Rita of Cascia.
Passports are required for all non-Brazilian nationals. Brazil's visa requirements are based upon reciprocity. If your home country requires a visa for Brazilian travelers, you will need one for your visit. Conferences are considered a business activity, so be sure to request a business visa. Additional information can be obtained from the nearest Brazilian Embassy or Consulate. Your passport expiration date should be at least six months from the date of your arrival. For more information, please visit www.passportsandvisas.com/visas/brazil-visa-faq.asp
The event will happen during the fall, the temperature is around 17º Celsius/ 62 Fahrenheit.
The electric current is 127V/60Hz. Please check with your hotel before using your electric appliances and if necessary, ask for a transformer or adaptor at the reception desk.
The Brazilian monetary unit is the Real (R$), cash, especially US Dollars, can be exchanged at exchange centers in major airports (São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Campinas, Belo Horizonte). If you do not want to bring all your money in cash, you can unlock your credit card for international use and get cash from ATMs of some banks (Banco do Brasil, HSBC).
Note: There is no money exchange centers in Santa Rita do Sapucaí.
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